Griffin Road to attend the craft classes and get his Group Certificate,
continuing his woodwork studies there under Mr. Michael O'Connor and Mr.
Charles McCarrick, he got first place in Ireland in carpentry, joinery
and building construction. That led to an interview and tests following
which he was chosen to represent Ireland in competition against the pick
of Europe's young and to the success for which General Franco personally honoured him.Senior competition against Europe's top craftsmen in building construction and allied trades followed and again he took the top award,this time in Modena, Italy. After completing his apprenticeship with Mr. Tom Higgins of Fairhill, he went to England and moved from job to job, seeking higher skills in building construction. He also attended night classes in technical schools. It was out of this search for perfection that he came to do the City and Guilds examination, open to British Commonwealth and to win the top award.
But his life in England was not all work. He took time off for relaxation, which included dancing. Once, catching the eye of a girl across a crowded room, he nodded his invitation to a dance and she accepted Three months later they both said "I Do" and Miss Bridget Carr of Wexford became Mrs Peter Walsh. She is now his "right-hand-man" in Peter Walsh Construction and his wife's contribution to their building enterprise adds a woman's touch.
Next stop Australia. In five and a half of the next six years he was a self employed man in house building and construction work. The money was good but Peter Walsh has been learning more than the higher skills of his craft; he learned among other things that money isn't everything, that more important than money was doing Something that gave satisfaction and doing it in a pleasant environment. To him that meant Ireland. And so he returned, knowing there was a place for him there, for as he says "its not where one is that makes things happen, but what one puts into what one is doing".
Now, outside his home where there are two sons and a daughter, his work is his life, lived today with the enthusiasm that sent him, in his technical school days, in search of craft perfection.
Peter represented Ireland in the International Trade Competitions in 1957 and 1959.
He won 1st place against England, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Portugal - Twice - in Madrid, Spain & Modena, Italy.